Minnesota farmers were able to take advantage of 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week, according to the USDA.
During the week ending May 9th, Minnesota farmers were able to plant 25% of their expected corn crop, for a total of 85% planted, 1 day behind last year but 12 days ahead of the 5 year average. Corn was 8% emerged, 3 days behind average.
Soybeans were 65% planted, 5 days ahead of last year and almost 2 weeks ahead of normal.
Spring wheat was 97% planted, just over 3 weeks ahead of both last year and the 5 year average. Oats were 89% planted, one week ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of average. Potato planting was 74% complete, 1 week ahead of last year and 8 days ahead of the average. Sugarbeet crop planted was 99% complete statewide, over 3 weeks ahead of last year and average. Sunflowers were 33% planted, 12 days ahead of last year and 1 week ahead of normal.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 12% very short, 32% short, 53% adequate and 3% surplus statewide.